So Sunday the 10th was the start of the Chinese New Year, which is the year of the snake.
Since posting on the 10th would interfere with my Valentine’s Day posts, Romance is in the Air, I decided to save the Chinese New Year posts until after I finished it by posting on the last day of the New year, February 25th.
People born in the Year of the Snake are intelligent and wise; and usually thought of as great thinkers. Snakes are materialistic, prefer to work alone, and are easily stressed. Snakes are best with an Ox or Rooster. They’re worst pairings are with a Tiger, Monkey or Pig. Snakes are those born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, and 2013.
Some famous people born in the year of the snake are Ben Stiller, Bob Dylan, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Desi Arnaz, Dolores del Rio, Edgar Allen Poe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Pierce Bronsnan, Abraham Lincoln, Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Jessica Parker, and Tim Allen.
So to celebrate the year of the snake I am going to do my 13 favorite snakes/snake moments in film. For those of you expecting it, sorry to disappoint; I have never seen Snakes on a Plane so that film will not be taking any spot on my list. I just thought that it would be a fun parody title.
13) Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
It tells the story of the Robinson family, (they are Swiss), who are traveling to New Guniea but end up getting stuck in a storm, abandoned, and stranded on their broken ship. They pack up every bit of supplies they can and travel to the nearest place, a little island. The family consists of the father, mother, and three boys; Fritz (my fav the cute one), Ernst (the smart one), and Francis (the baby). The family creates a tree house and lives on the island going through many adventures; dealing with wild animals, saving a young teen, fighting pirates, etc.
Best Snake Scene: Fritz Fights an Anaconda
Okay, so Fritz is my favorite brother, as he is super manly and tough. At this point in the film, Fritz and Ernst are traveling through the island trying to see how big it is and what it holds. On the way they encounter pirates and save a young boy from becoming a pirate slave. This boy is super annoying, and they hate having to deal with him, but take him with them because they don’t feel right about leaving him to be traded. They are on their way home, with the boy in tow, when they have to cross a river. As they are crossing, Ernst gets attacked by an anaconda and Fritz acts all manly and cool wrestling with the snake to save Ernst’s life. Such a great brother!
For more on the Swiss Family Robinson, go to 25 More Films of Christmas
12) Aladdin (1992)
I loved Aladdin growing up as a kid. I used to watch the first and third one all the time, I remember that when I was in that little kid phase were you don’t want to take a bath, the only way my mom could get me in the tub willingly would be to promise me that I’d be able to watch Aladdin when I was done. I love all the songs in this film and committed them all to memory at an early age.
Aladdin is a retelling of a chinese tale in Arabian Nights or A Thousand and One Nights, tales that Scheherazade told her husband to keep herself alive each night, (for more on that go here). In the disney story, Aladdin is an orphaned boy living with his monkey friend, Abu. The two are street rats, scrounging about for food and hiding from the castle guards. Every night Aladdin goes home and dreams of being rich and living in the palace, never worrying about anything. Meanwhile, Princess Jasmine is in the palace and has to marry by her sixteenth birthday. She hates every prince that has called on her and she feels they all are after her fortune. Also in the palace lurks Jafar, the evil vizier, who wants to take the throne for himself. He also is trying to get inside the fabled Cave of Wonders to get a lamp, but only a pure-hearted, diamond in the rough can enter. These three stories intersect when Jasmine sneaks out of the palace, only to be helped by Aladdin when she gets into trouble. The two run from guards and are caught, Jasmine revealing herself and going home, while Aladdin is sent to the dungeon. Jafar disguises himself and frees Aladdin convinced he is the perfect person to enter the cave. Aladdin is and does, but Abu brings the whole place toppling down when he tries to take something he is not supposed to touch. Aladdin gets stuck inside the Cave, but there he finds the Genie of the lamp and the adventure to capture the heart of the princess is on.
Best Snake Scene: Jafar is a Cobra
Near the end of the film, Jafar has stolen the lamp from Aladdin and has taken over the kingdom. He has turned the sultan into a puppet and tried to turn Jasmine into a love slave (very Jabba the Hutt-esque), to little success. He had sent Aladdin far away, but with the magic carpet’s help Aladdin has returned to free the sultan, Jasmine, and the Genie from Jafar’s evil grasp. At one point when Aladdin is fighting Jafar, he calls Jafar a cowardly snake. At this insult, Jafar decides to actually become one, in fact a King Cobra. Man, Jafar is so creepy here, I was just begging for Rikki-Tikki-Tavi to come save everybody.
For more on the Aladdin, go to Diamond in the Rough
In Hercules, Hercules is born to the gods Zeus and Hera. Hades wants Hercules killed so he send his two minions to first turn Hercules mortal and to then kill him. With Hercules dead, Hades’ plan to rule Olympus will be complete. The only problem is, Hades’ minions are very incompetent and fail to complete their mission. Hercules is turned mortal, but still retains his super strength. He is adopted and raised by mortal parents, but eventually journeys to the temple of Zeus to figure out who he is as he knows he doesn’t belong with the others. He finds out he is the son of Zeus and the only way to take back his rightful spot on Olympus and become a god is if he becomes a “true hero”. From the temple he travels to see the satyr Philoctetes and train to be a hero. From that point on Hercule is involved in all kinds of monster fights as he is eager to prove himself a hero and Hades is eager to be rid of him.
Best Snake Scene: Hercules destroys the snakes
When the minions are going to kill Hercules they first give him mortal juice, but fail to give him every last drop. Therefore Hercules keeps his super strength. The minions change into snakes and attack Hercules, but the little cute baby is able to completely trounce them. He is so cute when he does it too! A sweet lil’ bouncing baby knotting up the snakes and throwing them far away.
(Start at 10:33)
For more on the Hercules, go to Love Makes You Do Crazy Things: Hercules (1997)
10)The Odyssey (1997)
The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus, from his fighting in Troy, and all his adventures as he tries to get home. It was a very big cast with Isabella Rosallini, Bernadette Peters, Vanessa Williams, and Armand Assante.
Best Snake Scene: When Laocoön gets killed
So Odysseus comes up with the idea to create a huge wooden horse and hide all the soldiers in it; pretending that the Greeks have left and given a surrender gift, aka the Trojan Horse. Only one person doesn’t trust that this “horse” is a “gift”, Laocoön. Laocoön is an adviser for King Priam, and he tells everyone that the horse is probably a trick and they should destroy it. Right after he declares this, a giant sea serpent comes out of the ocean and kills him and his family. Immediately everyone believes that since Laocoön was killed by a creature sent by the gods, everything he said should not be trusted and take the horse into Troy, ultimately sealing their doom.
I know it is another language and I’m sorry it was the only way I could find a clip. Start watching from 4:21
Now when most people think of Cleopatra they instantly think of Elizabeth Taylor in the famous 1963 film. But before that movie came out Cecil B. DeMille (one of my fav directors) did a version with Claudette Colbert.
This film tells the same story of the last Egyptian Pharaoh and everything she did to try and keep her power. She tries to get Julius Caesar to help her, by seducing him, and after he is killed; switches her affections to Mark Anthony. But with Anthony and Octavius (Julius’ adopted son and also known as Augustus) fighting for control of Rome, all does not go well for the star-crossed lovers.
Best Snake Scene: Suicide by Asps
Now I’m not one to encourage suicide, but it was probably the best option she could have taken. There was no way for her to escape and if she was taken to Rome, she’d be tortured, raped, or killed. When they have Cleopatra commit her final act, Colbert does it so well. She is so stately, all the way up to the end; a true Queen of Egypt.
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8) The Jungle Book (1967)
This is the original Disney version and based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling. In the story Mowgli is a man cub raised by wolves. Ten years pass by and when news of Shere Khan, the great tiger, has returned to the jungle they decide to send Mowgli back to the Man village. Bagheera, the panther, tries to take him back but they get interrupted by Kaa, the snake who tries to eat him, and Baloo a slothy bear who discourages Mowgli from returning to the world of men. Mowgli meets other crazy characters such as King Louie the Orangutan, Colonel Hathi the Elephant, and a group of Vultures who act like The Beatles.
Best Snake Scene: Kaa & Hypnosis
Kaa is pretty scary, being a python, but the creepiest thing about him is the way he hypnotizes people. He uses his power to attempt to not only eat Mowgli, but Bagheera as well.
For more on the The Jungle Book, go to A Little Monkey Business: Chinese New Year
7) Fools Rush In (1997)
Straight-laced Alex (Matthew Perry) is visiting Las Vegas to oversee a construction project and has a one night stand with free-spirited, Mexican-American Isabel Fuentes (Selma Hayek). Alex figures he would never see her again, but three months later she comes back into his life letting him know that she is pregnant. The two decide to do “the right thing”, and get married. But can they overcome their cultural differences?
Best Snake Scene: When Alex gets a snake bite.
So Alex goes out hunting with Isabella’s brothers to bond with them, but unfortunately things don’t quite as he had planned. As Alex is running about trying to connect with Isabel’s family, he gets caught in a rattlesnake nest. The brothers shoot to kill the snake, and Alex gets so scared he runs, right into some cacti. To combat the pain, Isabel’s brothers give him a LOT of tequila. This was always one of my favorite scenes in the movie.
6)Clash of the Titans (1981)
In Clash of the Titans, there are two demigods that are the strong crucial characters. One of them is Calibos, son of Thetis, who is engaged to marry the Princess Andromeda. However, Calibos has killed all of the winged pegasi and this is just the last thing in Zeus’ list of grievances that Calibos has committed. To punish him, Zeus turns him into a hideous monster. Thetis is very angry, and in revenge has Perseus, Zeus’ son of a mortal woman, sent to Joppa. There Perseus sees Andromeda and falls in love with her; but unfortunately she is now under a curse, and if her riddle is answered falsely than the suitor is burned at the stake. (Her predicament resembles the princess in The Traveling Companion by Hans Christian Anderson). Perseus is able to solve the riddle, but unfortunately Andromeda’s life is once again threatened, this time by the Kraken, and he has to go on an adventure to find something to defeat it.
Best Snake Scene: Fighting Medusa
Medusa was a gorgan, and once very lovely until she angered Athena and was cursed with not only snake for hair, but if one looked into her eyes they would be turned to stone. Perseus goes after her to get her head so that he can use it to turn the Kraken into stone and save Andromeda. Now I’ve always imagined Medusa as a beautiful woman with snake hair, much like Uma Thurman’s portrayl in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010). However, in Clash of the Titans they take it once step further, giving Medusa the whole body of a snake, they even gave her a rattler at the end of her tail. I love her hair the most though, as it is constantly moving and squirming; just as it should be.
5) The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)
In The Chipmunk Adventure, the chipmunks and chipettes wish they could take a trip around the world. They are overheard by an eccentric millionaire brother and sister. The two agree to finance the trip, and include a prize of a $100,000 to the ones who finish first. All the chipmunks and chipettes have to do is take two separate routes by hot air balloon, and make several exchanges of little chipmunk and chipette dolls as proof they traveled to the places they said they would. Who will win? As always music and hijinks ensue.
Best Snake Scene: “Getting Lucky“
At one point in the film the chipettes are captured by a pre-pubescent sultan who is determined to make Brittany his wife. The girls split up as Eleanor goes off to take care of some things and Brittany & Jeanette go after the dolls (they were taken from them earlier and are needed to win the contest). When the two girls find their lost dolls, they discover that they are being guarded by snakes. Always quick thinkers, the girls decide to charm them–the only way they know how-through music. I love this song and dance number!
For more on Alvin and the Chipmunks, go to On the 6th,5th,4th,3rd,2nd, & 1st Days ‘Til Christmas: The Music of Christmas
Robin Hood (1973) is the Disney version in which all the characters are cartoon animals. Robin Hood and Maid Marian are foxes, Little John a bear, Prince John a lion, etc. It tells the story of the legendary bandit in abbreviated form. Robin Hood plays tricks on Prince John and the Sheriff, he competes in the archery contest in disguise, dances with Maid Marian, and has to save the day. I love this movie as it is Disney at its best.
Best Snake Scene: Anything With Sir Hiss
How do I describe Sir Hiss? Well he is the Cassandra of the Disney world. He is an advisor to Prince John; has a strong head on his shoulders and good intuition about people. The only problem is no one listens to him. He tries to warn Prince John countless times that those gypsy women are probably bandits trying to rip him off, (they are in fact Robin & Lil’ John) and later that the Duke of Chutney is not a real Duke, (once again right as it is Lil’ John). Sir Hiss is one of the characters you have a love/hate relationship with; but he for sure makes the scenes hilarious. He’s such a brownnoser, but funny all the same. “Mere slip of the forked tongue.” “Snakes don’t walk they slither.”
For more Robin Hood, go to Oh Oh De Lally
In Raiders of the Lost Ark we are introduced to Indiana Jones; archeologist and total superhero. He travels about and takes down the bad guys that trying to steal treasures for private collections. This film is the first in the series, and has Indiana on a search for the lost Ark. He has an old flame reappear, bouts with a villainous archeologists, and has to deal with a lot of Nazis.
Best Snake Scene: “Why’d It Have to Be Snakes?”
Indiana is afraid of snakes, deathly afraid of them. He just abhors being around them. At this point in the film, Indiana has discovered where the Ark is located and he and his men have completed digging for it. He is just about to climb down into the area when he discovers his worse fear is waiting for him. The line “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?“; has become a universal saying for when everything seems to have just gone down the crapper.
For more Indiana Jones, go to And Away We Go
2) Conan the Barbarian (1982)
In Conan the Barbarian, Conan’s family is killed by the evil Thulsa Doom’s warriors. Conan is enslaved and after years of servitude he is finally freed. He goes out on his own, becoming a thief and forming friendships with other thieves/wanderers. He is eventually brought before King Osric and asked by him to rescue his daughter from Thulsa Doom and the Snake Cult. Conan agrees because of his hatred for Thulsa Doom.
Best Snake Scene: James Earl Jones becomes a Snake.
The evil villian Thulsa Doom is played by James Earl Jones. Thulsa Doom is the leader of the Snake cult and is a sorcerer. One of his powers is the ability to turn into a snake. When he does this during the film it is so cool, but really creepy!
For more on Conan the Barbarian, go to Conan the Librarian
1) The Jungle Book (1994)
The Jungle Book is pretty much what Disney used as their basis for the Tarzan film (both being Disney films). The Jungle Book 1994 version is not the cartoon version, this one is a live action film and the animals don’t talk. The film starts out with Mowgli’s father being a guide for some Englishmen who are patrolling India. One night Shere Khan attacks the camp as someone has broken the jungle rules, that is killed for sport instead of food. Mowgli is lost in the confusion and thought to be dead, later raised by animals. He is eventually found by his old compatriots, who attempt to be bring him back into society. He still has feelings for Kitty, a girl he played with as a child, but she is engaged to the hunter/poacher William Boone who wants to use Mowgli as a guide to Monkey City and the rumored King Louie treasure. Adventure ensues
Best Snake Scene: Kaa takes down William Boone.
In this version of the story, Kaa is the protector of King Louie’s treasure. When a monkey steals Mowgli’s bracelet, (it was given to him by Kitty) Mowgli chases after him to Monkey City to retrieve it. There he has to fight Kaa to win his bracelet back. Later, when William Boone tries to steal all the riches for himself, he too has to fight Kaa. Finally this Will gets his just desserts.
For more on The Jungle Book, go to Redone Done Right
For more Chinese New Year Posts, go to A Horse’s Tale: Chinese New Year
To go to the previous holiday post, go to Boom Box of Love: Say Anything (1989)
Hey everyone! Today is the 6th month anniversary of my blog! Yay congrats!
So I was just wondering if there was anything that you who are following this would like to know about me. After all, I don’t think I’ve told you that much about who I am. Comment below any questions you have and I will put a Q&A post together.
Otherwise, thanks for being such great readers, and here’s to another six months of fun!
So as I mentioned in the other post, I was unable to post all my favorite lines, as there are much more than 100. Once again these lines are in no particular order, but whatever comes to mind. I hope you enjoy! From now on, all movie lists will either reference or parody a movie. If you are the first one to guess correctly which movie, then I will dedicate a whole post to you. Comment below your answer!
101)”Michael: Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the Family again.”–The Godfather (1972)
102)”Oliver Larrabee: There must be a less extravagant way of getting a chauffeur’s daughter out of one’s hair.
Linus Larrabee: How would you do it? You can’t even get a little olive out of a jar!”–Sabrina (1954)
103)”Charlotte Vale: Some girls aren’t the marrying kind.”–Now, Voyager (1942)
104)”Norman Bates: It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes.”–Psycho (1960)
105)”Christine: You… You are the Phantom!
Erik: If I am the Phantom, it is because man’s hatred has made me so… If I shall be saved, it will be because your love redeems me.”–The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
106)”Father Barry: Boys, this is my church! And if you don’t think Christ is down here on the waterfront you’ve got another guess coming! “–On the Waterfront (1954)
107)”Mushu: What? What do you mean you’re not lucky? You *lied* to me?
[Cri-Kee nods sadly]
Mushu: [to Mulan’s horse] And what are you, a sheep? “–Mulan (1998)
108)”Dr. Ian Malcolm: [as they pass through the gigantic park gates] What have they got in there, King Kong? “–Jurassic Park (1993)
109)”The Wolf: [receiving a lit stick of dynamite] What kind of candles are those?
Twitchy: [pointing at writing on dynamite] Dee-na-mee-tay. Must be Italian.”–Hoodwinked! (2005)
110)”Don Corleone: [dismissive] I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen.”–The Godfather (1972)
111)”Thomas Fairchild: [reading a letter from Sabrina] … I decided to be sensible the other day and tore up David’s picture. Could you please airmail me some Scotch tape?”–Sabrina (1954)
112)”Mrs. Adela Bradley: [to George] Today, a funeral, tomorrow, an engagement party. Life goes on, n’est-pas?”–Speedy Death (1998)
113)”[Ike’s voice on his answering machine]
Ike Graham: Hi, leave a message after the beep. If you want to send me a fax, then buy me a fax machine. “–Runaway Bride (1999)
114)”Chi Fu: Who are you?
Mushu: Excuse me? I think the question is, who are *you!* We’re in a war, man! There’s no time for stupid questions! I should have your hat for this, snatch it *right* off your head. But I’m feeling gracious today, so carry on before I report you.”–Mulan (1998)
115)”Don Corleone: Never tell anyone outside the Family what you are thinking again.”–The Godfather (1972)
116)”Quasimodo: [To Frollo] All my life, you have told me that the world is a dark, cruel place. But now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you…”–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
117)”Dr. Ian Malcolm: [to the security camera in the tour car, after yet again a dinosaur has failed to appear] Ah, now eventually you do plan to have dinosaurs on your, on your dinosaur tour, right? Hello?
[he taps the camera lens and breathes on it]
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Hello? Yes?
John Hammond: [watching him on a monitor in the control room] I really hate that man.”–Jurassic Park (1993)
118)”Sabrina Fairchild: All night long I’ve had the most terrible impulse to do something.
Linus Larrabee: Oh never resist an impulse, Sabrina. Especially if it’s terrible.”–Sabrina (1954)
119)”The Emperor of China: The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.
The Emperor of China: You don’t meet a girl like that every dynasty.”–Mulan (1998)
120)”Luca Brasi: Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your daughter… ‘s wedding… on the day of your daughter’s wedding. And I hope their first child be a masculine child.”–The Godfather (1972)
121)”Esmeralda: You mistreat this poor boy the same way you mistreat my people. You speak of justice, yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help!
Esmeralda: Justice!”–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
122)”Dr. Jasquith: I thought you said you came here to have a nervous breakdown.
Charlotte: About that, I’ve decided not to have one. “–Now Voyager (1942)
123)”Phoebus: [as the guards chase after Esmerelda and pass behind Phoebus’ horse, Achilles] Achilles, sit!
Brutish Guard: Hey… Whoah! Ow!
Phoebus: Naughty horse! Naughty! He’s just impossible, I can’t bring him anywhere!”–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
124)”Yao: [standing naked on a rock] And I am Yao, king of the rock!
Yao: And there’s nuttin’ you girls can do about it.
Ling: Oh, yeah? Well, I think Ping and I can take you.
Mulan: I really don’t want to take him anywhere.
Ling: Ping, we have to fight.
Mulan: No, we don’t. Yet, we could just… close our eyes… and – swim around. “–Mulan (1998)
125)”Calo: In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.”–The Godfather (1972)
126)”Sabrina: [writing to her father] I have learnt how to live… How to be In the world and Of the world, and not just to stand aside and watch. And I will never, never again run away from life. Or from love, either… “–Sabrina (1954)
127)”The Woodsman: What the Schnitzel?”–Hoodwinked! (2005)
128)”Godfrey: Opportunity is just around the corner.
Mike Flaherty: Yeah, it’s been there a long time. I wish I knew which corner.”–My Man Godfrey (1936)
129)”Yao: Ah, you ain’t worth my time, chicken boy.
Mushu: Chicken boy? Say that to my face, you limp noodle! “–Mulan (1998)
130)”Sonny: What did he say, badda-beep, badda-boop, badda-boop, badda-beep…”–The Godfather (1972)
131)”Cousin Cindy: Hi, I’m Cindy, Maggie’s unmarried cousin.”–Runaway Bride (1999)
132)”Mrs. Adela Bradley: [Aside to camera] I’m never entirely sure if I’m famous or notorious. Someone once said that fame is to live in poverty and end up as a statue. Naturally i prefer to be notorious.”–Speedy Death (1998)
133)”Laverne: [to the birds] Fly, my pretties! Fly, fly!”–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
134)”Peggy: I’m Peggy Fleming. Not the ice-skater.”–Runaway Bride (1999)
135)”Sonny:We go to the mattresses.”–The Godfather (1972)
136)”Hugo: Give her some slack, then reel her in. Then give her some slack…
Laverne: Knock it off, Hugo. She’s a girl, not a mackerel.”–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
137)”Erik: She is singing to bring down the chandelier!”–The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
138)”Ike Graham: Listen, Aunt Bea! Conversation has never worked for me, let’s try “visual.”
[jumps into the window and pulls the mannequin down, knocking its wig off]
Ike Graham: We’re buying the dress! And anything else she wants!”–Runaway Bride (1999)
139)”Volunteer Boy: That doesn’t look very scary. More like a six-foot turkey.
Dr. Alan Grant: A turkey, huh? OK, try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period. You get your first look at this “six foot turkey” as you enter a clearing. He moves like a bird, lightly, bobbing his head. And you keep still because you think that maybe his visual acuity is based on movement like T-Rex – he’ll lose you if you don’t move. But no, not Velociraptor. You stare at him, and he just stares right back. And that’s when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side…[makes ‘whoshing’ sound]…from the other two raptors you didn’t even know were there. Because Velociraptor’s a pack hunter, you see, he uses coordinated attack patterns and he is out in force today. And he slashes at you with this…[he produces raptor claw from his pocket]…a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the the middle toe. He doesn’t bother to bite your jugular like a lion, say… no no. He slashes at you here, or here…[he lightly ‘slashes’ across the kid’s body with the raptor claw]…or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. The point is, you are alive when they start to eat you. So you know, try to show a little respect.”–Jurassic Park (1993)
140)”Michael Corleone: [to Sonny] It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.”–The Godfather (1972)
141)”Dancer’, Lichee Club Owner: Have you ever been thrown out of a place, Mr. Charles?
Nick Charles: Let’s see. How many was it up to yesterday, Mrs. Charles?
Nora Charles: Well, uh, how many places were you in, Mr. Charles?”–After the Thin Man (1936)
142)”Norman Bates: A hobby should pass the time, not fill it.”–Psycho (1960)
143)”Yao: I’m gonna hit you so hard, it’ll make your ancestors dizzy. “–Mulan (1998)
144)”Joseph Donnelly: I’ve no wish to fight ya.”–Far and Away (1992)
145)”Clemenza: Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”–The Godfather (1972)
146)”Dr. Ian Malcolm: John, the kind of control you’re attempting simply is… it’s not possible…life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh… well, there it is…life, uh… finds a way.”–Jurassic Park (1993)
147)”Erik: Christine, tonight I placed the world at your feet!”–The Phantom of the Opera (1921)
148)”Mulan: [to Shang] Would you like to stay for dinner?
Grandmother Fa: [Yelling in the background] Would you like to stay forever?”–Mulan (1998)
149)”Tim: [after the tour car falls upside down on them at the bottom of the tree] Well… we’re back… in the car again.
Dr. Alan Grant: Well, at least you’re out of the tree. “–Jurassic Park (1993)
150)”Don Corleone: YOU CAN ACT LIKE A MAN! [gives a quick slap to Fontane] What’s the matter with you? Is this what you’ve become, a Hollywood finocchio who cries like a woman? “Oh, what do I do? What do I do?” What is that nonsense? Ridiculous! “–The Godfather (1972)
151)”Frollo: Look at that disgusting display.
Phoebus: [raising his visor] Yes, sir! “–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
152)”Mushu: Did you see those Huns? They popped out of the snow, like daisies!”–Mulan (1998)
153)”Norma Bates: [voiceover in police custody, as Norman is thinking] It’s sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son. But I couldn’t allow them to believe that I would commit murder. They’ll put him away now, as I should have years ago. He was always bad, and in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man… as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds. They know I can’t move a finger, and I won’t. I’ll just sit here and be quiet, just in case they do… suspect me. They’re probably watching me. Well, let them. Let them see what kind of a person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching… they’ll see. They’ll see and they’ll know, and they’ll say, ‘Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly…”–Psycho (1960)
154)”Ray Arnold: Hold on to your butts.”–Jurassic Park (1993)
155)”Don Corleone: A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”–The Godfather (1972)
156)”Red: For a reporter, you sure have a strange way of doing your job.
The Wolf: What can I say? I was raised by wolves.”–Hoodwinked! (2005)
157)”Dr. Alan Grant: [watching Gennaro jump out of the tour car and sprint to the porta-potty at the sight of the T-Rex] Well, where does he think he’s going?
Dr. Ian Malcolm: When you gotta go, you gotta go.”–Jurassic Park (1993)
158)”Erik: [at the Bal Masque as “The Red Death”] Beneath your dancing feet are the tombs of tortured men! Thus does The Red Death rebuke your merriment! “–The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
159)”The Emperor of China: A single grain of rice can tip the scale. One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.”–Mulan (1998)
160)”Peter Clemenza: Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”–The Godfather (1972)
161)”Nicky Flippers: Ah, remember Ted, pieces of the puzzle make funny shapes, but they still fit together in the end.”–Hoodwinked! (2005)
162)”Joseph Donnelly: Maybe this is my destiny. On his death bed, my father told me he’d be watching me from up above. I wonder now if his spirit might be near, guiding me along.
Shannon Christie: If he bumps into Mr. McGuire up there, tell him I want my spoons back.”–Far and Away (1992)
163)”Shang: I don’t need anyone causing trouble in my camp.
Mulan: [in her ‘man’ voice] Uhh… I mean, uh, sorry you had to see that, but you know how it is when you get those, uh, manly urges, and you just gotta kill somethin’… fix things, uh, cook outdoors… “–Mulan (1998)
164)”John Hammond: You’ll have to get used to Dr. Malcolm, he suffers from a deplorable excess of personality, especially for a mathematician.”–Jurassic Park (1993)
165)”Don Corleone: We have known each other many years, but this is the first time you’ve come to me for counsel or for help. I can’t remember the last time you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let’s be frank here. You never wanted my friendship. And you feared to be in my debt… Now you come and say “Don Corleone, give me justice.” But you don’t ask with respect. You don’t offer friendship. You don’t even think to call me “Godfather.” You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder – for money..If you’d come to me in friendship, this scum who ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by some chance an honest man like yourself made enemies they would become my enemies. And then, they would fear you… Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider this justice a gift on my daughter’s wedding day. “–The Godfather (1972)
166)”Mushu: My little baby’s all grown up and…[sniffle]savin’ China. You have a tissue? “–Mulan (1998)
167)”The Wolf: I knew it! Never trust a bunny!”–Hoodwinked! (2005)
168)”Esmeralda: Let’s see. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine… So there’s ten of you and one of me. What’s a poor girl to do?
[Pretends to cry into a handkerchief, then blows on it and disappears in a cloud of smoke] “–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
169)”Julius: You know the saying, “Human see, human do.”–Planet of the Apes (1968)
170)”Red Puckett: You’ve gotta admit, a wolf stopping kids in the middle of the forest? That’s pretty creepy!
Nicky Flippers: Yes, right. But we don’t arrest people for being creepy.
Tommy: [on radio] Yeah Bruce, you know that guy we got in the tank?
Bruce: Uh… the creepy one?
Tommy: Yeah, better let him go. “–Hoodwinked! (2005)
171)”Thomas Fairchild: He’s still David Larrabee, and you’re still the chauffeur’s daughter. And you’re still reaching for the moon.
Sabrina Fairchild: No, father. The moon is reaching for me.”–Sabrina (1954)
172)”Phoebus: You leave town for a couple of decades and they change everything.”–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
173)”George Taylor: Doctor, I’d like to kiss you goodbye.
Dr. Zira: All right, but you’re so d***** ugly.”–Planet of the Apes (1968)
174)”John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked!
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don’t eat the tourists.”–Jurassic Park (1993)
175)”Phoebus: [to Esmeralda] Candlelight, privacy, music. Can’t think of a better place for hand-to-hand combat.”–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
176)”Mulan: Okay. Any questions?
Yao: Does this dress make me look fat? “–Mulan (1998)
177)”Boingo: Keith… darn it change your name, please. That’s not scary and I’m embarrassed to say it. Boris, try that. Keith, ya know, OOOO Watch out for Keith!”–Hoodwinked! (2005)
178)”George Taylor: Take your stinking paws off me, you d***** dirty ape!”–Planet of the Apes (1968)
179)”David Bowie: [a judge is needed for the “walk-off”]I believe I might be of service.”–Zoolander (2001)
180)”Dr. Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.
Dr. Ellie Sattler: Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.”–Jurassic Park (1993)
181)”Fa Zhou: The greatest gift and honor… is having you for a daughter. “–Mulan (1998)
182)”April: You’re the toilet paper guy.
Will Hayes: Yes, I am in fact the toilet paper guy, but feel free to cal me the bagel-and-coffee guy. Or, Todd in accounting calls me Chrystal, which I’m pretty sure is a girl’s name.”–Definitely, Maybe (2008)
183)”[Maggie has just left her groom standing at the altar, and has jumped aboard a FedEx truck]
Ellie: Where is she going?
Fisher: I don’t know, but she’ll be there by 10:30 tomorrow.”–Runaway Bride (1999)
184)”Dr. Alan Grant: You were married?
Dr. Ian Malcolm: Occaissionally. Yeah, I’m always on the lookout for a future ex-Mrs. Malcolm. “–Jurassic Park (1993)
185)”Phoebus: You fight almost as well as a man.
Esmeralda: Funny, I was going to say the same thing about you. “–Jurassic Park (1996)
186)”Grandmother Fa: Great. She brings home a sword. If you ask me, she should’ve brought home a man.
Shang: Excuse me. Does Fa Mulan live here?
[Grandmother and Mother dumbly point to the garden]
Shang: Thank you.
Grandmother Fa: Whoo! Sign me up for the next war.”–Mulan (1998)
187)”Maggie Carpenter: You’re a cynical, exploitive, mean-hearted creep who wouldn’t know real love if it bit him in the armpit.”–Runaway Bride (1999)
188)”Quasimodo: If you go. Now.
Phoebus: I’ll go. Now, will you – put me down, please? “–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
189)”Mushu: Citizens, I need firepower.
Citizen: Who are you?
Mushu: Your worst nightmare. “–Mulan (1998)
190)”John Hammond: [laughing] I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it! You’re meant to come down here and defend me against these characters, and the only one I’ve got on my side is the blood-sucking lawyer!
Donald Gennaro: Thank you.”–Jurassic Park (1993)
191)”Lucius: You can’t trust the older generation.”–Planet of the Apes (1968)
192)”Mushu: Let’s go kick some Hunny buns!”–Mulan (1998)
193)”George Taylor:[to Lucius]Remember, never trust anybody over 30.”–Planet of the Apes (1968)
194)”Dr. Ian Malcolm: [as they escape the T-Rex chasing after them in the Jeep] You think they’ll have that on the tour?”–Jurassic Park (1993)
195)”Esmeralda: You sneaky son of a-…
Phoebus: Ah ah ah! Watch it. You’re in a church. “–The Hunchback of Notre Dame
196)”Shang: [nervously struggling to tell Mulan he loves her] Um… You… You fight good.
[a disbelieving look crosses Shang’s face]
Mulan: [disappointed] Oh. Thank you.”–Mulan (1998)
197)”Ike Graham: [on the perfect proposal] Look, I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you’re the only one for me.”–Runaway Bride (1999)
198)”Laverne: [to Quasimodo] Quasi, take it from an old spectator. Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.”–The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
199)Mulan: [to Shang to make him feel better] You hold and I’ll punch…[seeing no response to this]for what its worth, I think you’re a great leader!”–Mulan (1998)
200)”Dr. Ian Malcolm: [watching the T-Rex breaking through the deactivated electric fence] Boy, do I hate being right all the time!”–Jurassic Park (1998)
Part 3 Coming Soon!
So when I did Horrorfest, I asked you all to vote on what was your favorite movie review. Well, I’m asking you all again. I know this might be a little annoying, but I like to know what you all think about these posts; I want to make this a better site for you. If you want to read the posts from the beginning, start here.
So Please Vote!
I would also like to know what films you felt I was missing from my romantic movie list. If you have any suggestions, please comment below.
I was also wondering which of these Holiday posts so far have you liked the best. They have been in different formats and want to know which you all like for future use. The holidays I have done posts for so far are Halloween, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Valentine’s Day.
So first of all Happy Valentines’ Day to everyone.I hope you all enjoyed these posting as much as I did. But now for the final moment:
Romantic Moment #14
Northanger Abbey (2007)
Now I absolutely love this book, and the movie. It was done so well as J.J. Feild and Felicity Jones really captured the characters of Catherine and Mr. Henry Tilney. It was just amazingly done! I still can’t get over how well the directors and writers did on this, the spirit of the book lived in this, something that very, rarely happens.
Catherine Morland comes from a well-off (very large) family. She spends most of her time reading novels, and imagining herself in them, along with such adventures happening to her; but is always sadly disappointed that nothing exciting seems to happen.
However, a family friend invites her to Bath, where she meets two very different men, Henry Tilney and John Thorpe. Henry is sarcastic, witty, and not like anything she expected.
Mr. John Thorpe is the brother of a new friend and relentless in pursuing her, even though he just met her and doesn’t even know her.
Catherine finds herself drawn to Henry, and when his sister Eleanor invites her to stay with them at Northanger Abbey, she heartily agrees.
When Catherine arrives there she can definitely feel there is something…spooky there. Then Eleanor tells her of the strange way her mother died…
What mystery does Northanger Abbey hold? Who will she choose? Will a girl who loves novels and fictional life ever be satisfied with reality?
Most Romantic Moment: Storybook Ending
Mislead by the Thorpes, General Tilney, Henry’s father, believed Catherine was richer than she was. When he finds out that she is not an heiress, and as he believes not worthy of his son, he sends her packing.
At home, Catherine is much changed. She believes she was sent home for her runaway imagination, believing General Tilney killed his wife, and henceforth swears off the reading of novels altogether. After all nothing in life is ever like novels.
Or does it?
Lo and behold, just as Catherine is in a sorry state; Mr. Tilney comes bounding up on a white horse. A white horse! Man is this guy a dreamboat. Almost every girl has had that dream of Prince Charming on a white horse.
The next part is the most romantic! Mr. Tilney explains to Catherine about why his father got rid of her and tells her that he loves her and wants to marry her no matter what; that he’s willing lose everything to be with her.
“Henry Tilney: I-I have broken with my father, Catherine, I may never speak to him again.
Catherine Morland: What did he say to you?
Henry Tilney: Let me instead tell you what I said to him. I told him that I felt myself bound to you, by honor, by affection, and by a love so strong that nothing he could do could deter me from...
Catherine Morland: From what?
Henry Tilney: Before I go on, I should tell you there’s a pretty good chance he’ll disinherit me. I fear I may never be a rich man, Catherine.
Catherine Morland: Please, go on with what you were going to say!
Henry Tilney: Will you marry me, Catherine?
Catherine Morland: Yes! Yes I will! Yes!”
Aw!!! He is So sweet!
I want a Mr. Tilney of my own.
So that ends the Valentine’s countdown. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday whether you are single or in a relationship. Eat lots of candy, wear red, watch sappy movies; that’s what I’ll be doing. 😀
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
To check out the rest of the romantic moments:
For more on Northanger Abbey, go to Mr. Tilney’s Dating Tips
For more Mr. Tilney, go to Project Runway
Romantic Moment #13
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Let’s face it, you all knew this was coming. This one absolutely had to be on the list, I mean how could I not talk about the wonderful film Dirty Dancing?
Actually this is a film I always associate with Valentine’s Day as my sister and I would always watch it and eat heart-shaped pizzas from Papa Murphy’s, brownies, and candy. Lots of candy.
I miss being able to do that with her. She’s always my perfect valentine.
Dirty Dancing is my sister’s favorite movie, and I mean what’s not to like? First of all you have the very, very attractive Patrick Swayze y. I mean Patrick Swayze is amazing: he can sing, dance, and is good-looking. A perfect package.
Second, the film has great music; Be My Baby by the Ronettes, Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen (love him), Love is Strange by Mickey & Sylvia, She’s Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze, and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes.
So the story of Dirty Dancing, (set in the 1960s), is that Baby, (Jennifer Gray), is 18 years old and enjoying a summer trip before joining the Peace Corps. She is staying at a resort with her mother, father, and older sister Lisa. When she gets there, we find out that there is a segregation between the workers.
The waiters are allowed to mix with the rich guests, but the dancers are looked down on and seen as not worth enough to mingle. Baby attempts to cross the barrier and go over to “their” side. She meets Johnny, (Patrick Swayze), and is completely blown away by his confidence and good looks.
One day Baby sees one the dancers, Penny, upset. She tries to comfort her and discovers that Penny is pregnant. And to make it even worse, the father of Penny’s child is the same guy dating Baby’s sister.
As the guy, Robby, won’t help Penny, she has decided to get an abortion. However, she doesn’t have enough money to pay for the illegal operation. Baby is able to get her the appropriate funds, but it doesn’t solve anything as Penny has an important dance exhibition that she and Johnny do at another hotel, and they can’t find anyone to cover for her. Baby volunteers, and her and Johnny grow very close while practicing for the show; ultimately falling in love.
The two have to hide their love as Baby’s father will disapprove, and Johnny could be fired. Their love is tested when Johnny gets accused of stealing and no one believes his alibi. But if Baby tells the truth will it hurt her family and cause Johnny to lose his job anyway?
Most Romantic Moment: Save the Last Dance for Me
Baby has told the truth and saved Johnny as she couldn’t see him fired for nothing. But while she saves him from jail time Johnny is let go, as he “broke” the rules. He receives his summer bonus, but can’t do the last dance of the season and will not be hired again next year. Baby and Johnny say good-bye, and it is so sad! ;(
So they have the talent show, ending on a very tame song instead of Johnny’s razzle-dazzle. Baby is just sitting there, fenced in by her parents in the corner; sad, lonely, and bored.
But then, Johnny comes storming on through the room, he goes to Baby and says some of the best lines ever:
Then he takes Baby up onto the stage and the two dance. They dance the best they ever have. Baby even does the dance move, “the Lift”. Before she failed, but now that she isn’t doing it for any other reason than her love for him, they perfect it!
But the most romantic thing is that he CAME BACK for her! He came back so they could do their final dance together. So they could finally express their love out in the open!
I WANT A JOHNNY!
And the song they use to at the end! It’s so romantic and uplifting. Such a great scene.
Of course being so great of a scene, it gets referenced in other works. In Crazy, Stupid, Love Jacob tells Hannah that his best line to get a girl to sleep with him is that he can recreate the Lift from Dirty Dancing. She insists on him showing her.
And in the TV show Wedding Bands, the band is hired to play at an Adult Prom Party Wedding Renewal. One of the hosts, Bobby has been secretly learning the dance moves, and that night requests the song and surprises his wife by having them dance to it.
To start Romance is in the Air from the beginning, go to Boom Box of Love: Say Anything (1989)
For the previous post, go to Bringing the World to Your Backyard: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)